From the GM: 12 Years Ago Today

Today 12 years ago in Antlers at Vail history…

A piece of Antlers at Vail history: GM hiried 15 years ago as Conference Services Manager

I was 28 years old, and it was the first day of my second job in this country.

To earn this job, I had to convince the General Manager (Rob) that I was a great candidate for the Conference Services Manager position. When I described my previous work experiences, I had told Rob that my mom was a Chef. I worked under her wing for numerous events.

As you can imagine, when your mother is your boss, you can take anything! From very little pay to carrying a heavy tray with 10 dinner plates from point A to point B. While managing the bar. Lighting up the sternos in the chafing dishes. Accepting the blame for anything that went wrong. Rob laughed wondering if I was exaggerating — I was not.

I also told Rob that I was very loyal, and I promised him that in this -so-ever-changing-valley-, I would stay with the property for 5 years. After that, I would have to move on for my own professional growth. But that while I was working for him, he would have my all: my work ethic, my integrity, my five languages, and my honest opinion on how to make our property better. I’m so glad he hired me.

I’ve loved the Antlers since the beginning. My co-workers have always had the best hearts, the greatest sense of humor and gratitude. I think that these traits are the ones that our guests sense when they arrive. It’s not only that our housekeepers are proud of their impeccable rooms. Or that the maintenance department is always eager to avoid any technical issues and address a problem. Or that our Front Desk Staff is diligently looking for ways to make your stay more enjoyable. It is the combination of all of our talents that make us different than anybody else in the valley. And I truly think, in the country.

In a marketing workshop which I recently participated, the speaker asked us to write the vision that we have for our business. This is what I wrote: The Antlers is the place where the owners, employees, and guests alike feel truly at home. By home, I mean: loved, respected, embraced, nurtured, rested and important. Where anybody is welcome and with each interaction, they will experience the true meaning of service and how this simple act of kindness can change the world.

There hasn’t been one day in these 12 years that the Antlers hasn’t given me the wonderful gift of serving others and give the best of myself. I am forever grateful for this place! And if you haven’t experienced it yet, I welcome you. I promise you that we will love you, respect you, embrace you, nurture you and warmly make you feel at home….

Magda King-
(12 years later) General Manager

Our Incredible Housekeepers

housekeepersMany people have asked me what kept me at the Antlers for the last 9 years. There are many answers to this question:

I could focus on flexibility;  My job gives me the opportunity to balance my work/family time in a fair way.

It has given me opportunities;  I’ve been able to travel, meet exciting people, work on new ideas, and it has given me the freedom to put these ideas into practice.

All of these are great reasons, but those are not the real cause of my stay. It is its people who kept me here. I will focus on my housekeepers.  Yes, the ones who make your beds, clean your bathrooms, and take care of every detail while you’re visiting.  They are very visionary women who inspire our community.

Did you know that they love to read? They are the only housekeeping team in the Vail Valley who are regular users of our Public Library Services and read one book every two months. Their exchanges are amazing.

Did you know that they have decided to be part of a program called: “Common Cents for Colorado” which taught them how to handle money, make financial decisions, and give them a better sense of investments?

Did you know that every week, as a part of their Literacy Project, they study English to ensure the very best service to our guests?

They have a genuine interest in our guests, who with time, become part of our family. They miss them if they do not come back, and they are as happy as any when they return.

When I ask them “why”, their answers are convincing: They came to this country to have a better future, and to be a role model in our society.  My housekeepers know that you get things through hard work, and they all have a very high work ethic.  They understand what makes our guests happy, and they thrive on making it happen.

Did you know that 9 of our housekeepers registered today, (May 3, 2016), at Colorado Mountain College to formally study for their GED Test?  They want to graduate from high school, and they want to serve better. In a few words, they want to be an example to their children.

I cannot be more proud of each one of them. They are an inspiration to me, and they are probably the main reason why I am here.  I encourage you to visit the Antlers.  You are in for a real treat to have such amazing women serving you each day.

Magdalena King

Who’s next?

I’ve always been amazed by the active lifestyle of people who live here. Skiing, snowboarding, biking, running, rock climbing… You name it. People of all ages are always doing something active and adventurous. It’s not weird to see a three-thousand-dollar car with a ten-thousand-dollar bike on its rack. Same true with skis, snowboards or whatever it is that people call their passion. I admire and respect that so much that I’ve secretly wanted to become this way.

You see, growing up, I was the “uncoordinated” one. The one that was too slow to run, too heavy to jump or too clumsy to do anything. I was just not that good at sports. And then I came here.

I ventured out to learn to ski and of course I tore my ACL on the bunny hill the first time I went out with friends, BUT I didn’t give up. After each season I became a little more confident. This year I had a crazy goal: To take guests out skiing with me. While my co-workers know exactly the name, the length and the little secrets of each run, I barely know the runs by their characteristics: “I love the one that has those tall trees on the left”. Furthermore, my sense of direction is nonexistent so I really had to prepare well to acheive my goal.

My first guests were my dear Aussie friends: Gavin, Paul, James, Lozza and Chris. I studied the grooming report as if it would be the final test for my MBA graduation. I did some warm ups at home just to make sure I was in the best possible physical shape. I tuned my skis to perfection, all to make sure my friends would have the best time ever.

Well… while skiing with them, I found out that I had it all wrong. It is not about being perfect, fast, or knowing it all. It is really about just having fun! I remember thinking back to when I just arrived to Vail 9 years ago: “Why do people call this a vacation, when they are sweating just trying to put their boots on?” It took me all this time to understand it. The fun of sharing and unfolding a ski adventure is priceless. For a moment you forget about the world, and you are just present, gliding towards paradise. While sitting on the chairlift on your way up, you laugh about almost crashing with each other, or confess that your legs were burning with each turn, and it is all good.

Thank you my Aussie friends for skiing with me. I am glad you had fun, just like I did!

Now, who’s next?

Magda-

With my favorite ski run in the back. The one with the tall trees on the left.

Snow falling on Antlers

With the snow finally falling this morning here in Vail and Loveland Mountain and A-Basin opening this weekend, I think it’s safe to say the winter ski season has begun! Snow on The BattleSo get out your skis and boards and gear up! If you know you are going to ski or ride more than 7 days this season there is still time to get an Epic Pass , it is the best deal, and if you have to travel to get here there are some great specials out there. Vail Snowdaze has an amazing lineup this year with some good hotel specials and you can’t beat free concerts! Vail is also introducing a new family oriented festival called Vail Holidaze, from December 18th to 25th.

There is still time to recieve “Book By November 1st” specials here at the Antlers

Little foodies in the Kitchen and Fondue Party

Pasta makerLittle foodies
Family/Little Foodies in the Kitchen Week
Menu:
A Fun filled 1 and ½ hours of food identification with both uncommon and common foods to talk and learn about. Information about 10 nutrients that every child needs and a hands on instruction for making your own spaghetti noodles followed by lunch and Finished with a Healthy Fruity Forks Chocolate Fondue.
When: October 16, 2010
Time: 11:30am to 1pm
Where: Antlers at Vail Kitchen
Cost: Lodging package $160.00 for 1 bedroom condominium with bunks beds includes space for 1 child and 1 parent. Each additional child/parent duo or without lodging $20.

Health and Wellness for your Pet

Family petsAs part of the Vail Restaurant Month the Antlers at Vail will be presenting a seminar on healthy diet for your dog. For most of us our pets are an extension of our family, and like our family we want to keep them as happy and healthy as we can for as long as we can.

Ben Nelson, DVM, with over 34 years of experience as a practicing Veterinarian, will cover Diet necessities for your dog to live a long, healthy, and active life.  Dr. Nelson, a Biology professor at New Mexico Highlands University along with his General Veterinary practice, has extensive hands on and educational experience with many of the common canine ailments.

This event will feature a 45 minute presentation by Dr. Nelson and a 45 minute question and answer session.

When: Sunday October 3, 2010
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Cost: Lodging package $145 for a studio condominium and 1 space for seminar.
Additional attendees or without lodging $25 per person.
$20 for Eagle county residents.

Health and Wellness Yoga Class and Lunch

For the Week of September 27 – October 3 Antlers will be feature some activites to help you and your family get back to “nature” first is a Yoga class lead by instructor Tracy Long, this class will be for beginner and and experienced a like followed by a lunch presented by Antlers in house caterer Chef Barry Robinson. Over lunch participants will learn about some healthy cooking techniques and Chef Barry will share some of his favorite healthy recipes.

When: Saturday October 2, 2010
Time: Yoga 10:00am to 11:15am Lunch starting at 11:30am.
Where: Antlers at Vail Swimming Pool Deck (weather permitting)
Cost: Lodging Package $170.00 for a studio condominium and 1 space for yoga and Lunch.
The fee for additional attendees or guests without lodging is $50 (including Yoga Class and Lunch
 
 

Welcom to the Antlers Chef Barry

Antlers at Vail would like tChef Barryo welcome our new in House caterer Chef Barry Robinson of Caterers of Vail. Originally from Australia, Chef Barry has over 24 years of experience in the culinary arts and has traveled the world learning and honing his craft. Beginning his time in Vail at the Game Creek Club, Barry has worked extensively for private clubs throughout the Vail Valley and brings this high quality of service to you through Caterers of Vail now based at the Antlers at Vail.

Yoga at the Antlers at Vail

The Yoga program this summer has been a success!  We are so pleased to offer it complimentary to our guests.  Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout June, July and August, guests at the Antlers had the opportunity to stay in tune with Mother Nature and their inner spirit for an hour and half, enjoying the sun and our beautifully landscaped swimming pool deck while stretching, meditating and working in body balance.

“This is one of many complimentary amenities that we offer at our property” states Katie Nelson, Assistant to the Antlers at Vail Sales and Catering department.  Generally each class has around 8 students.  Tracy Long, experienced Yoga instructor in the Vail Valley, tailored each class according to the group.

We hope you had the chance to enjoy the classes, we will have them again throughout the Winter! Join us in the wellness path!.

Yoga

Fondue Party at the Antlers at Vail

Chef Angelee Aurillo

Hello everyone it is Angelee, the Chef at the Antlers at Vail! Lent is coming to an end for those of you who have been dedicated over these last 40 days.  And, we have  a reward for all of you who gave up chocolate, or those that just want a fun time to spend with your friends and family this Easter Week.

We are offering to all of our guests a Fondue evening Thursday night & Easter Sunday!  Dark and white chocolate fondue served with delicious dipping options:  Strawberries, Bananas, Rice Krispy Treats, Marshmallows, M&M’s, Pound Cake, Colored Sprinkles, Cookies, Pretzels and Vanilla Wafers!

Thursday Night Fondue has been a great success with children and adults, alike…Usually we have the fondue party on Thursday evenings (from 7-9pm), but I thought it would be a great idea to offer it twice this week.  What better way to celebrate!!  The cost is $10/person and includes milk and coffee.  We also sell red wine (a natural partner to chocolate) for $5/glass (cash only, please.)

If you and your family will be attending an evening Mass on Sunday night and cannot make it at the time offered, don’t worry, we can deliver it to your room for when you return!  All you have to do is (gently) re-heat the chocolates; all of the dippers will be there!  Just let Katie know how many people are in your party and that you would like it delivered to your room also on what night your party will be attending…You can reach her at:  970.476.2471 or at: knelson@antlersvail.com.  She will respond with all of the details.  Come one night or both nights, we would love to have you!!  Please reserve your place as soon as possible; we fill up pretty quickly. We look forward to seeing you and your family!!